Austria Sends Troops to Border to Block Migrants

The Telegraph reports today that Austria has deployed armored vehicles close to its border with Italy and will send up to 750 soldiers to block any migrants trying to head north. Officials said the soldiers could be rushed to the border within 72 hours if there was a migration emergency. Austria said it would ramp up border controls at the Brenner Pass, a key trade and transport route through the Alps that connects the two countries.

The move prompted a rebuke from Rome, with the Italian foreign ministry summoning Austria’s ambassador to explain the troop movements. Italy has warned in the past that such measures would contravene EU rules on free movement. Italy has asked for assistance from the European Union to help with the huge number of asylum seekers who continue to cross the Mediterranean from Libya. More than 85,000 migrants have been “rescued” from overcrowded vessels by non-government organizations and brought to Italy.

The Telegraph report found here.

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